Nearly anyone involved in a team sport at the collegiate level will likely say that individual glory pales in comparison to how the team does in a game, match or invitational.
It turns out that Butler junior golfer Andrew Wegeng is no different.
“I didn’t even think about it at the time,” Wegeng said of setting Butler’s low score golf record last week.
In the second round of the Butler Fall Invitational at Highland Country Club on Oct. 3, Wegeng shot a 65, breaking the school record of 66 set by Jeff Chapman in 2001 and Michael Amore in 2007.
“It was a great round,” coach Bill Mattingly said. “He’s a really good player, and it’s all coming together for him.”
Wegeng’s performance allowed him to take home medalist honors. It also gave the Bulldogs a runner-up finish in the event.
Wegeng, who grew up on a golf course and started playing in tournaments at age 10, said the 65 was the best moment of his collegiate career so far.
“It has to be [my top moment],” Wegeng said. “I’ve shot a lower score before but considering the circumstances, it has to be.”
Wegeng’s career-best score is actually a 64, which he carded during a non-competitive round at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course.
“He’s got the ability to get it going when he needs to,” Mattingly said.
Wegeng tied for first on the Butler squad in scoring average last season and recorded his season-low 70 in that season’s Butler Fall Invitational.
In each of Butler’s three competitions so far this season, Wegeng has finished with the lowest score on the team.
“I’m starting to play better lately,” Wegeng said. “I’m confident, and I’ve been practicing hard.”
The Bulldogs picked up a victory at the Green Bay Invitational on Sept. 13 to complement their second place showing at Highland Country Club.
Those outcomes, combined with Wegeng’s team-leading performances, are putting Wegeng’s dedication to the game on display.
“I want to shoot low enough to help the team get more victories,” Wegeng said. “An individual victory is good, but a team victory is sweeter.”